Ohio March 10, 2015
You Probably Didn’t Know These 7 Quirky Things Happening In Ohio
From household items to unusual fruits, Ohioans have become exceptionally well at celebrating both the mundane and the atypical. Amid the countless apple and strawberry festivals in Ohio are some of the world’s largest unorthodox celebrations that draw thousands of people into small towns notable primarily for said celebrations.
1.) Duct Tape:
Young in its years but attractively peculiar in its concept, The Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival celebrates the brand’s birth and everything duct tape for three full Duck Tape-packed days during Father’s Day weekend in the “Duct Tape Capital of the World.” Complete with giant Duke Tape sculptures, ‘Ducktivities’ and a fashion show, this festival is for duct tape enthusiasts near and far.
(Finally, there is a time and place that gives credit to the one thing that’s truly holding it all together for us.)
2.) Corn fields:
You can travel by maze for days at New Springfield’s Maze Craze.
Well, sort of.
Featuring more than 20 acres of corn maze, you’re given the opportunity to show your friends and family why you’re qualified to be the next Maze Runner…or just get lost for an embarrassing amount of time—all while cherishing the state’s agriculture industry.
3.) Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins:
While pumpkins certainly aren’t uncommon to celebrate in autumn, the large crowd the Circleville Pumpkin Show draws to the area is—not to mention the pumpkin burgers, pumpkin waffles and any other food you can think of that is probably pumpkin flavored at what’s deemed “The Greatest Free Show on Earth.” At this more than 100-year-old event, pumpkins that weigh dangerously close to 2,000 lbs. are crowned and leaving without tasting pumpkin fudge could make you an outcast.
4.) Twins, triplets, quadruplets…
You’ll never see so many people that look alike than at the Twinsburg Twins Day Festival— the largest annual gathering of twins (and other multiples) in the world. Bring your twin, but more importantly, dress alike. It’s the thing to do here.
5.) The Bob Evans Restaurant:
What restaurant has its own nationally renowned festival? Bob Evans Restaurant does, and Ohioans take it pretty seriously. The Bob Evans Farm Festival takes place on the official Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio—where being ‘down on the farm’ means a while lot more than milking cows and feeding chickens. Turns out homemade apple butter and fresh food demonstrations are the secret to trumping the traditional funnel cake-and-artificially-flavored-enthused festivals.
Yeah, I didn’t think it was a fruit either.
At least until I got my picture taken with the human-sized replica of this mushy, smooth flavored fruit that tastes like a cross between a banana and cantaloupe (to me.)
Each year, Albany, Ohio holds a festival completely devoted to this large native North America tree fruit—and thankfully so, as many of us might not have ever tasted it if it wasn’t for the Ohio Pawpaw Festival showing us the pawpaw way.
7.) The Banana Split:
Whether or not Wilmington is actually home to this classic ice cream creation is irrelevant. What is relevant to Ohioans is the town’s annual Banana Split Festival, where thousands of people gather together at the ‘build your own banana split booth’ and the bond between banana and ice cream is strengthened.
Ohioans know how and what to celebrate, but it’s safe to say we’re open to suggestions. Is there anything else that you think is worthy of celebration that we’re missing?